National Museum of Cambridge Glass – Cambridge, Ohio - Atlas Obscura

National Museum of Cambridge Glass

A collection of thousands of pieces of unique, colorful glass made in this Ohio town. 

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With over 10,000 samples of glassware, the Museum of Cambridge Glass exhibits the story of the company from 1902 to 1958. Organized by time and color line, the museum shows rare samples of the elegant glass such as the colorful Rubina line, sought after by glass collectors.

Cambridge Glass was established in 1873 by a group of Ohio businessmen. In the early 20th century, the company opened up a factory in Cambridge, where they produced the unique colored glass that they eventually became known for. The first piece crafted in the new factory was a pitcher pressed from a mold made by the National Glass Company. In the 1920s and 30s, Cambridge Glass developed its own lines and a rainbow of colors in both opaque and transparent versions. After the company went bankrupt in the 1950s, its wares became sought after by collectors, and many of them can be seen at the museum.

Tour guides tell the story of the company from its founding to its bankruptcy and short-lived resurrection. Surviving samples of Cambridge Glass are available for sale at the gift shop so that one can take home and use a piece of vintage glassware.

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